Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 7 | Issue 5


Seminars this Spring:

Sociology of Science and Technology

Science and technology have played important parts in making the modern world we live in. The modern world has also shaped science and technology. Since the world of science and technology is our world, we take much of it for granted until something unexpected happens, like the lights go out or a controversy over scientific knowledge gains traction. In this seminar we will study many of these taken-for-granted features of science and technology, how they relate to culture, and how this can supply insights for policy-makers, scientists, engineers, citizens, and users. Review the syllabus.

Environmental Services

The environment provides a multitude of services critical to our survival and well-being. Functioning ecosystems provide our food, fuel, regulate our climate, purify our water, pollinate our crops, and provide recreation opportunities and aesthetic enjoyment. We continue to diminish the ability of ecosystems to provide these services as our need for them grows. This interdisciplinary class provides students an opportunity to examine the ecology underlying the provision of environmental services, their connection to livelihoods and human well-being, and the political and market mechanisms designed to provide for their conservation and enhancement. Specific focus will be on biodiversity, watersheds, carbon sequestration, and cultural services. Case examples from Alabama, the U.S., Costa Rica (where the professor conducted his Ph.D. research) and numerous other international environmental service programs will be presented. Review the syllabus.

Popular Culture

Popular culture–our “whole way of life” and “everydayness”–including all mass media, is the major cultural environment which almost all individuals can relate to and have experienced during the twentieth-plus century.  Consequently, our cultural heritage, orientation and individual and collective cultural identity are vitally linked to and shaped by popular culture. This course and its interdisciplinary scope is designed to facilitate the recognition, understanding, utilization, and appreciation of the basic theories, approaches, concepts, topics, and issues within popular culture, and their critical connections to the various communication processes. Review the syllabus.

Honors Intermediate Spanish

If you are interested in improving your conversational Spanish, Honors Intermediate Spanish is the course for you. Hear from native speakers weekly and participate in fun interactive lessons.

Review the flyer.


Day Film Series The Defiant Ones

Night Film Series The Latin Explosion

Night Film Series Suited

Cater Back Porch Update

As many of you may have noticed, the back porch of Cater Hall is undergoing renovations. This short-term project at Cater Hall will help bring our porch up to code and into better alignment with the early twentieth-century architectural design. Project lead Hank Moreman, an Auburn University alumnus, answered a few questions about this construction and how it will affect students and Cater Hall as a whole.

Read the story from project lead Hank Moreman.

Student Organization Updates:

Honors Congress

A Message from Shivam Patel

War Eagle everyone, my name is Shivam Patel and I am the current Honor’s Congress Vice President and your new Honors College SGA Liason! For those of you that may not know Honors Congress serves as the legislative body for the Honor’s College. This year we have the amazing opportunity to have a seat in the weekly SGA senate meetings, so we can have our voices heard as a college. With this I need your help. I want to work for every faculty, staff, and student of our college, but to do this I need to know what issues we have, whether it be for something related to the Honors College, or just any other general issues you have in and around campus. I want to help get them solved for you in the best of my ability. Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, issues, or ideas for me that I can present to the SGA Senate floor, which we can get solved in the best way possible!

Honors Serves

Auburn High School ACT Tutoring

About: Each week we will visit Auburn High School to help lead ACT tutoring. We will help kids with practice problems and give them different test strategies to help them prepare for upcoming test sessions.

Time: Wednesday 3:45-5:00pm

Facilitator contact: Lily Walker lcw0027@auburn.edu or text at 334-707-5465


Loachapoka High School ACT Tutoring

About: Volunteers work each week with the students at Loachapoka High School as they prepare to take the upcoming ACT. Preparation activities include general overview of the test, subject specific review, group work, one-on-one tutoring, and games.

Time: Wednesday 2:15, meet in the Comer Parking lot at 1:50

Facilitator contact: Sam Lubor scl0012@auburn.edu


Compassus Hospice

About: Compassus provides hospice care to the Auburn and surrounding areas. Volunteers spend time in the office and visiting patients in nursing  homes and assisted living facilities. There is a one-time training required for this service opportunity. The training sessions are available on Sundays in September and the first week of October and can be found at the following link: https://doodle.com/poll/dyz3unif3ezgmxyi

Volunteers are also required to complete an application, orientation, TB test, and background check. You may attend a training session before all of these are completed.

Time: determined by volunteer after completion of training and required materials

Facilitator contact: Natalie Wire new0013@auburn.edu


Auburn Day Care Center

About: This is a great place to volunteer if you are interested in working with children. Volunteers spend time helping with homework and spending time with elementary school children. You can volunteer whichever day of the week works best with your schedule.

Time: Monday-Friday 3:30-5:00pm

Facilitator contact: Lindsey Ashorn lna0006@auburn.edu


Little HAPIE Tree Preschool

About: The Little HAPIE Tree Preschool is housed in the Auburn Early Education Center on East University Drive. This program uses a peer model to provide appropriate developmental and educational experiences for children 3-5. Volunteers will be expected to help encourage social interactions among peers, engage in educational play using toys and centers in the classroom, help students stay focused and on task, and aid in instilling developmentally appropriate behaviors by using the procedures outlined in the volunteer handbook. This opportunity is great for people looking to gain experience to further their educational or career path in psychology, education and special education, or any helping profession, such as counseling or nursing. Volunteers will need to bring their driver’s license on their first day.

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday. Volunteers may work one 2 hour shift per week or two 1 hour shifts at whatever day and time is convenient, as long as the day/time is consistent.

Facilitator contact: Jesse Jordan  jkj0012@auburn.edu.


I Am My Brothers Keeper

About: IAMBK is an afterschool enrichment program that allows disadvantaged youth to develop morals, character, and skills to help them thrive in their homes, communities, and schools.

Time: Monday-Thursday 4:00-5:00pm. If you would like to help set up, you can arrive early at 3:30 pm.

Facilitator contact: Jordan Mills jkm0033@auburn.edu


Jean Dean RIF

About: Jean Dean Reading Is Fundamental works to bring books to children in an effort to promote children’s literacy. Volunteers will be working sorting, packaging, loading/unloading books for the organization. Therefore, closed toed shoes are required.

Time: Monday 3:00-5:00 pm

Facilitator contact: Hayleigh Hallman hhh0010@auburn.edu

Weekend Service Opportunity  

Honors Congress is having a service event this weekend with the Macon Humane Society at the Rocky Top Pumpkin Patch. It is a puppy adoption event where volunteers will watch over and play with the puppies. We will be volunteering from 12-3 pm and snacks will be provided. If you are interested, please fill in the google doc below:


Student Opportunities:

Opportunity for Undergraduate Research

*UPDATE: Currently looking for one or two students majoring in graphic design, web design, marketing, computer science, or similar programs.

RESTORE is a community-based participatory research program rooted in collaborative partnerships with sex trafficking survivors, community service organizations, law enforcement officers, and interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers. RESTORE conducts quantitative and qualitative research on the unique needs and experiences of sex trafficking survivors to improve the quality of person-centered recovery sources available to survivors and their family members. 

Honors student interested in applying to work as undergraduate research assistants (UGRAs) with RESTORE should contact Honors College Director, Dr. Tiffany Sippial.

Spring Editorial Internship at ‘Black Perspectives’ for juniors and seniors

Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is currently accepting applications for their spring 2019 editorial internship program. The internship, which begins in January 2019 and ends in May 2019, is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students (juniors and seniors only).

For more information and how to apply


Around Campus:

ePortfolio Project Orientation Sessions

The ePortfolio Project is hosting six orientation sessions in October. These one-hour sessions provide an introduction to ePortfolios and describe the range of programs and resources offered by the ePortfolio Project. All orientation sessions take place in 2550 Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library, but dates and times vary. Visit the Orientation Sessions event page for a complete schedule

For more information

Now screening “Trashed”

The Office of Sustainability, Waste Reduction and Recycling, and Tiger Dining will host a screening of “Trashed” followed by a panel discussion next Thursday, October 18th. This award-winning documentary brings to light the devastating global effects on humans and our environment from over-consumption. The film and panel will also highlight sustainable alternatives in a ‘throw-away society.’ The free event is open to the public.

E.T York Lecture

Dr. David Zilberman will present his lecture entitled “The economics of GMOs and the potential of CRISPR,” as part of the E.T. York Distinguished Lecture series. Learn more about Dr. Zilberman.

October 22 | Alumni Center Goodwin Room | 4 pm

Ebola In West Africa: Why was the World Caught by Suprise?

This talk by Dr. Frank Snowden, professor emeritus of History at Yale Univesrity, will disucss the Ebola break out of West Aftrican in 2013 where he asks the question: “What does this crisis tell us about international preparedness to confront the danger of emerging infectious diseases, and what lessons can be learned for the future?” Read the flyer.

October 23 | Caroline Marshall Draughon Center at Pebble Hill | 4 pm

Clothing Donations for Mt. Meigs

The Juvenile Delinquency Lab in the Psychology Department at Auburn University is seeking gently used professional/business clothing the boys graduating from the Mt. Meigs Juvenile Correctional Facility.

They are looking for donations of jeans, khakis, belts, dress shoes, tennis shoes, button-ups, polos, ties, bowties, sports coats, and suits, etc.

This is an excellent time to rid yourself, your family, or your friends of clothes you no longer wear. The group will be collecting donations the week of October 15-19, 2018 with a central drop-off location at the Psychology Department Office on the second floor of Thach Hall.

Last modified: October 25, 2018